Serie A is soon to return from the summer break, so Bookies.com runs the rule over six contenders in the race to be crowned Capocannoniere.
Last season’s tussle to be Italian football’s top scorer saw Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi and Hellas Verona stalwart Luca Toni share the trophy, after both finishing on a tremendous 22 league strikes.
It was a close-run contest between the Argentine young-gun and the evergreen Italian attacker, but who will be the front-runner this term?
We bring you six shouts, three young pretenders and three more experienced forwards, that could grab the Serie A Golden Boot…
Carlos Bacca (@ 12/1 with Ladbrokes)
At almost 29, Bacca more than earned his switch from Sevilla to AC Milan, having bagged 34 La Liga goals over the past two terms to reach the stupendous stage of the San Siro.
Football royalty the Rossoneri will also be backing the sharpshooter with an array of new attacking talents, as they aim to claw back among Europe’s elite, so a 12/1 price seems a steal.
Domenico Berardi (@ 25/1 with William Hill)
Juventus-owned Sassuolo striker Berardi showed composure far beyond his 21 years to to fire in 15 for the minnows last term, and will be even more determined to improve on that this campaign after his parent club opted to take Simone Zaza back to Turin instead.
Berardi is an intriguing punt at 25/1, having proven he can cut it without superstars supporting him, and can only improve as he hunts for a first senior Italy cap.
Antonio Di Natale (@ 28/1 with Sky Bet)
This industrious 37-year-old is the heartbeat of Udinese, and has already scooped this award twice before, while also nabbing the Coppa Italia top scorer trophy for last term.
The reliable Italian still has what it takes, poaching 14 in his most recent run, as he continues to etch himself into Serie A folklore.
Paulo Dybala (@ 20/1 with William Hill)
After striking 13 for provincial outfit Palermo last season, while also ending joint top for assists, it is no wonder Juve pounced to make Dybala their first marquee signing.
With a much stronger spine behind him now, there is no telling what havoc the talented young Argentine will wreak in Turin.
Mauro Icardi (@ 11/2 with Ladbrokes)
Inter’s leading man showed great loyalty to ignore interest from abroad, and will now surely want to make the Capocannoniere his own.
Spearheading a revived Nerazzurri, all-action Icardi is very much a part of the new wave of top-draw Argentinian talents, and has the skill and strength to outmatch his prolific peers.
Luca Toni (@ 20/1 with bet365)
It is strange for joint holder Toni to be such an outsider this season, with odds of 20/1, so it could be smart money to back the 38-year-old striker, who has got the simple finish down to a fine art.
Bookies.com betting tip: new boy Bacca @ 12/1 from Ladbrokes is surely too good to miss out on